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Brandman Offers Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop

March 20, 2019 by Victoria Lim

The goal of first aid is commonly know as “the three Ps.”

Preserve life.

Prevent further injury.

Promote recovery.

If ever a widespread health issue needed this kind of immediate care, it was solidified for Sonia Luckey, DNP, after a 13-year-old committed suicide at a middle school in her community.

“What's evident is that we are in the midst of an escalating mental health crisis, especially among young people.  We have to do something about it now, before we lose another one.  We cannot wait for or depend on someone else to recognize a problem and take action.  Everyone needs to have these skills.  Early intervention is everything,” said Luckey, associate dean and assistant professor of Brandman University’s Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions.

As a doctor of nursing practice, Luckey’s focus is mental health. Immediately after hearing the news of the teen’s death, she contacted the school, the school district administration and the PTA offering her assistance.

Her initiative sparked the idea for the Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, being held on March 30 at Brandman’s Irvine campus. Sponsored by Brandman’s School of Extended Education and the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing, the free full-day training is open to teachers, school staff, school nurses, counselors, parents and any adults who interact with adolescents.

To learn more about the Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop, click here.


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